Steward Reshapes Mass. Health Care Business

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February 11, 2013
This for-profit hospital chain is growing fast; cutting costs with tough management, innovation. Like everything else about for-profit Steward — robotic surgery, fixed-rate insurance contracts, managers working with patients to prevent hospital readmissions — the e-ICU is focused on innovation, efficiency, and finding ways to save money. It’s a formula that has been reshaping the way business is done in the state’s health care industry since Steward took over Caritas.
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The Strategic Importance of Keystone XL

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February 11, 2013
What starts out as a minor skirmish can wind up determining the outcome of a war, and that seems to be the case when it comes to the mounting battle over the Keystone XL pipeline. If given the go-ahead by President Obama, it will daily carry more than 700,000 barrels of tar-sands oil to those Gulf Coast refineries, If Obama says no, the Canadians (and their American backers) will encounter difficulties in exporting their heavy crude oil, discouraging further investment.
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Pope Benedict’s Legacy is one of Paradox

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February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation is in character in several ways. As an institutionalist who believes in the Roman Catholic Church as the carrier of truth in a sinful world, he would worry a great deal about the impact of his own infirmities on the institution’s capacity to thrive. He is a traditionalist who was nonetheless greatly affected by modernity.
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The Hanging of Afzal Guru is a Stain on India

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February 11, 2013
Just before breakfast, the government of India secretly hanged Afzal Guru, prime accused in the attack on parliament in December 2001, and interred his body in Delhi's Tihar jail where he had been in solitary confinement for 12 years. Was this execution just? Was the trial fair? Or are the political parties and the institutions of Indian democracy on trial?
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The Postal Service Outrage

February 11, 2013
You are hearing that the Post Office is “in crisis” and is cutting back Saturday delivery, laying people off, closing offices. Like so many other “crises” imposed on us lately, there is a lot to the story that you are not hearing from the “mainstream” media. The story of the intentional destruction of the U.S. Postal Service is one more piece of the story all manufactured to advance the strategic dismantling of our government and handing over the pieces to billionaires.
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The Great Tax-Cut Experiment

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February 10, 2013
Dramatic cuts in tax rates have not led to an acceleration in economic growth, investment, or productivity.
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Antibiotics And Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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February 10, 2013
It’s worth noting that this continued antibiotic use, and continued and rising appearance of resistant bacteria on meat, is happening as the FDA has abandoned attempting to regulate livestock producers’ use of antibiotics, and has switched to a voluntary approach. Given the trend, I think it’s worth asking how well that voluntary approach is going to work.
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The Persistence of Racial Resentment

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February 10, 2013
Is the country more or less racist? How can the percentage of people holding anti-black attitudes have increased from 2006 to 2008 at a time when Obama performed better among white voters than the two previous white Democratic nominees, and then again from 2008 to 2012 when Obama won a second term? In fact, the shifts described by Tesler and Pasek are an integral aspect of the intensifying conservatism within the right wing of the Republican Party.
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Tidbits - February 10, 2013

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February 10, 2013
Readers respond on - The White South's Last Defeat; Henry Wallace; The Americanization of the United States; Climate RALLY - Bay Area - Sunday Feb 17
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The Gatekeepers

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February 1, 2013
"The importance for me is the message the film gives to the Israeli public. The message is that occupation is bad for the future of Israeli society from all aspects - humanistic, economic, moral, etc. I can assure you that all six former heads and some 95% of my colleagues and workers from the Shin Bet from over three decades all agree with the overall conclusions of the film." -- Carmi Gillon Shin Bet Director 1994 - 1996
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Portside Culture

Farm-To-Table May Feel Virtuous, But It's Food Labor That's Ripe For Change

Andrea Reusing
NPR The Salt
Farm-to-table's sincere glow distracts from how the production and processing of even the most pristine ingredients — from field or dock or slaughterhouse to restaurant or school cafeteria — is nearly always configured to rely on cheap labor. Work very often performed by people who are themselves poor and hungry.

Deux ex Machina

Sandra Anfang
Portside.org
Chuck and Nancy came to the high priest to cut a deal and think they did, but not everyone believes that the high priest can stick to a deal. And so it goes....

What Is Great about Ourselves

Pankaj Mishra
London Review of Books
Five books by neoliberal authors extolling glories that never were, the essayist eviscerates a state of mind that flatters a cosmopolitan liberal tolerance that has been more at home with nationalism, imperialism and even racism and a worldview that presupposes a chasm between civilized whites and uncivilized nonwhites. even accusing leftists of enabling racism by such affronts as squashing alleged dissimilar people together on buses, trains and subway cars.

What Is The Healthiest Way to Cook Vegetables

Markham Heid
TIME Health
Boiled down, there are a few simple rules when it comes to the best way to eat your vegetables. Just as eating a variety of vegetables is a good idea, enjoying them in a variety of ways seems to maximize their health benefits.

Portside Labor

Union Collaboration a Success for Vice Media

Patrick J. Foote
People's World
Two unions, Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Motion Picture Editors Guild/IATSE Local 700 (MPEG) have announced that approximately 430 VICE Media employees have chosen to go union.

There is Life After Uber

Sam Levin
The Guardian
After London stripped the service of its license, stories from Austin, Alaska and Denmark offer a preview of what could be next for the city’s transportation.

New York Teamsters Stand For Sanctuary

Tim Goulet
SocialistWorker.org
TEAMSTERS JOINT Council 16, representing 120,000 Teamsters in 27 locals across the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Long Island, the Hudson Valley and Puerto Rico, has declared itself a "sanctuary union."

How Hurricane Harvey Is Affecting Houston’s Restaurant Employees

Amy McCarthy
Eater
Hospitality union UNITE HERE represents more than 3,000 restaurant and hotel employees in the greater Houston area, and around 250 of its members have experienced “catastrophic losses,” according to Texas organizing director Danna Schneider. UNITE HERE arrived soon after Harvey made landfall, and the organization has since been delivering groceries and checking up on its members.

Friday Nite Videos

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Lewis Black explains why congressional Republicans will never be able to fix America's health care system and offers some grim advice to healthy uninsured millennials.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Workman on his lunchbreak  plays some amazing boogie woogie at the Public Piano in St Pancras Station, London.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

Study reveals that sleep may have deep evolutionary roots.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

A short documentary film, with music, depicting anti-Irish bigotry in Boston's daily newspapers from the 1880s and 1890s. By Bill Fitzpatrick.

Posted by Portside on September 22, 2017

In this moving, poetic talk, OluTimehin Adegbeye details how government land grabs are destroying the lives of thousands who live in the coastal communities of Lagos, Nigeria, to make way for a "new Dubai."

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

The New York Times reports that President Trump wanted to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions after hearing of Mueller's appointment as Special Counsel. Ari Melber breaks it down.

Posted by Portside on September 15, 2017

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't been signed by any team in the NFL because they can't tolerate his silent public protest of police killings. But here's what the NFL does tolerate ...